Thursday, 19. January 2017

Europe

German Communist Party»With Herbert Mies, I lost a friend and political father. The German Communist Party lost a working class politician of the working class who has shaped it for decades. German imperialism lost an opponent who has shown the way to resist this system«, Patrik Köbele, Chairman of the German Communist Party (DKP), said on Monday. »The DKP, led by Herbert Mies, was a party that was both on the side of the German Democratic Republic and a driving force in the West German peace movement.

It was a party that could win intellectuals and artists because it focused on factories and in the workers' living quarters. It was a Marxist-Leninist party, that was in contact to the masses of the working class. This is the road of todays DKP - Herbert Mies is a model for us,« Köbele noted.

AKELStatement by Stefanos Stefanou, AKEL C.C. Spokesperson

With regards the results of Geneva and the ongoing developments on the Cyprus problem, as a first reaction we note the following:

The fact that both sides simultaneously submitted maps for the first time is positive. Regardless of the fact that the Turkish Cypriot proposal is not satisfactory, the tabling of maps creates the preconditions for a concrete negotiation and the achievement of an agreement on the territorial issue.

wftuDuring the last days, the wave of bad weather is affecting Balkan and other European countries. Several people died of cold in Bulgaria, Italy and Poland, while in other countries like Turkey and Croatia, people are seriously affected by the low temperatures and snowstorms. In Greece, we all remember the tragic death of a 13 year old girl from Serbia, who died in Thessaloniki few years ago, because of the fumes of the brazier that they used in order to keep their house warm, as it was the case for two students who died from the same reason in Larissa.

Alexis Tsipras and Dimitris Koutsoumpas. Photo: KKEAlexis Tsipras and Dimitris Koutsoumpas. Photo: KKEOn Monday 9th of January, the GS of the CC of the KKE, Dimitris Koutsoumpas, met with the Prime Minister, in the framework of the round of meetings conducted by Alexis Tsipras with the Party Leaders in order to inform them about the developments concerning the Cyprus negotiations. After the meeting, the GS of the CC of the KKE made the following statement:

»The Cyprus Issue is a problem of invasion and occupation. If we want to talk about a negotiation which will lead to a solution, that means first of all the immediate withdrawal of all the occupation forces. That means the abolition of the regime of guarantees.

Read Martin McGuinness' Letter of Resignation: Click here

Martin McGuinness. By Sinn Féin Ireland [CC BY 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia CommonsMartin McGuinness. By Sinn Féin Ireland (CC BY 2.0), via Wikimedia CommonsSinn Féin MLA Martin McGuinness has announced that he is resigning as deputy First Minister in protest at the DUP's failure to accept the principles of power sharing and parity of esteem and their handling of the RHI crisis. Mr McGuinness said: »Over the last ten years I have worked with DUP leaders and reached out to unionists on the basis of equality, respect and reconciliation. Over this period the actions of the British government and the DUP have undermined the institutions and eroded public confidence. Sinn Féin will not tolerate the arrogance of Arlene Foster and the DUP.

Liberated Berlin 1945. Photo: ArchiveOn December 19, the plenary meeting of the 71st session of the UN General Assembly in New York adopted a traditional resolution titled Combating glorification of Nazism, neo-Nazism and other practices that contribute to fuelling contemporary forms of racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related intolerance. The document was co-authored by Russia and 55 other UN member states from across the world. The General Assembly adopted the resolution by a recorded vote of 136 in favour, to 2 against (Ukraine, United States), with 49 abstentions. The text was approved by the UN GA Third Committee in November.

Russian Ministry of Foreign AffairsThe Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Moscow issued today a statement by Minister Sergey Lavrov on the murder of Russian Ambassador to Turkey Andrey Karlov in Ankara:

This is a terrible tragedy. We are grateful to the Russians who have brought flowers at this time of night. I have received many telephone calls and internet messages. Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Maria Zakharova has also received numerous messages of condolence from Russians and requests to convey their sincere condolences to the family on the heinous murder of Russian Ambassador to Turkey Andrey Karlov. President of Russia Vladimir Putin has just had a telephone conversation with President of Turkey Recep Tayyip Erdogan. The Turkish leader telephoned to express his heartfelt condolences on this tragedy. The presidents have agreed to conduct a joint investigation into this barbaric crime. A special investigative group will go to Turkey tomorrow to join their Turkish colleagues in investigating this crime. Our main goal is to learn who stands behind this crime. As President Putin said in a telephone conversation with President Erdogan and in his televised address, we are convinced that the main objective of those who organised this barbaric crime is to hinder the normalisation of relations between Russia and Turkey in order to undermine the effective struggle against terrorism in Syria. It is a futile attempt that will not succeed.

At the end of November this year, according to the provisions of the current Constitution, citizens Petro Symonenko, Vasiliy Sirenko and Georgy Kryuchkov appealed to the Constitutional Court of Ukraine for compliance of the Law of Ukraine "On conviction and national-communist socialist (Nazi) totalitarian regimes in Ukraine and the prohibition of their propaganda symbols" of April 9, 2015 № 317-VIII (decommunization Law) with the Constitution of Ukraine (constitutionality).

German communists at the traditional Luxemburg Liebknecht demonstration in Berlin. Photo: RedGlobeGerman communists at the traditional Luxemburg Liebknecht demonstration in Berlin. Photo: RedGlobeIf one thing can be said for the German Communist Party (DKP), it’s that it sticks to its principles. The DKP was the communist party that operated in West Germany in the years when the country was split between East and West. Although the old East German ruling party – the Socialist Unity Party (SED) – and a variety of left social democrats and other progressive groups have long since come together in the Left Party (Die Linke), the DKP prefers to keep an independent profile.

“Our belief is that we need to maintain a Marxist-Leninist party with a clear goal of socialism,” said Patrik Köbele, the president of the DKP, when he was interviewed by People’s World last week at the 20th Congress of the Portuguese Communist Party in Lisbon. “We have supported many Die Linke candidates in elections all over Germany, but we feel that their aim is too much in only a parliamentary direction. We believe in the need to focus on the direct needs of working people – fighting with them on all the issues and mobilizing demonstrations whenever we can.”

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